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328               THE FOX AND THE GEESE.
in the field to discover what was the matter, and the fox, in a terrible fright, quickly made his escape, not, hoiwever, without being seen. " We must hunt that fox to-morrow," said the master, as they drove the geese home to safe quarters. And so the cunning fox was outwitted by a goose,
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In olden times, when the fairies lived on earth in the forms of human beings, a good fairy, once wandering for some distance, be≠came tired, and night came on before she could find shelter. At last she saw before her two houses just opposite to each otheró one large and beautiful, which belonged to a rich man ; the other, small and mean in appearance, was owned by a poor peasant
The fairy thought, " I shall not be much trouble to the rich man, if he gives me shelter." So she went up to the door of the beautiful house, and knocked. At the sound, the rich man opened a window, and asked the stranger what she wanted. " I beg you to give me a night's lodging," she replied.
Then the owner of the beautiful house looked at the wanderer from head to foot, and he saw that she was dressed in mean and ragged clothes, but he could not see how much gold she had in her pocket. So he shook his head, and said, " I cannot take you in; my rooms are full of valuable things, and if I were to admit into my house every one who knocks at my door, I should soon have to take the beggar's staff myself. You must seek for what you want elsewhere." Then he shut down the window, and left the good fairy standing outside.
She turned her back upon the grand house and went across to the other. Scarcely had she knocked when the poor man came and opened the door, and begged the wanderer to enter. " You must remain all night with us," he said : " it is already quite dark, and you cannot attempt to go farther."
The tairy was so pleased with this reception that she stepped in, and the wife of the poor man came forward to welcome her, and led her in and told her to make herself quite comiortable. " We